“Django Unchained” Getting A Director’s Cut

Django Unchained Getting A Directors Cut

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has spoken about the recently discovered ‘four-episode’ extended cut of “The Hateful Eight” which was made for Netflix, and in the process revealed a new cut of his biggest box-office hit “Django Unchained” is on the way.

The Netflix version of “The H8teful Eight” breaks up the film into a mini-series format of four episodes of around 50 minutes each – incorporating at least 25 minutes of new footage back into the movie which makes sequences play very different.

Many thought this was just Netflix playing around, but it turns out filmmaker curated and oversaw the new miniseries cut himself after Netflix proposed the idea to him. Speaking with Slashfilm, Tarantino says:

“About a year after [the film] released, maybe a little less, me and my editor, Fred Raskin, we got together and then we worked real hard. We edited the film down into 50-minute bits, and we very easily got four episodes out of it. We didn’t re-edit the whole thing from scratch, but we did a whole lot of re-editing, and it plays differently.

Some sequences are more similar than others compared to the film, but it has a different feeling. It has a different feeling that I actually really like a lot. And there was a literary aspect to the film anyway, so it definitely has this ‘chapters unfolding’ quality.”

Asked if he would do something like this again like with “Kill Bill,” he reveals the new cut of ‘Django’ is on the way but that will remain a film rather than become a mini-series:

“In the case of Kill Bill the Whole Bloody Affair, Kill Bill is the one movie I’ve made where everything I shot is in the movie, because we had two movies. But for instance, take Django [Unchained], I’ve actually cut a director’s cut of Django. That’s about like three hours and 15 minutes, or three hours and 20 minutes, something like that.

That’s one I wouldn’t do as a miniseries, because it would just be better [as a movie]. I thought about that idea, but that would just work better as one movie. Just a longer one as far as I was concerned. So I’ve actually done that. We’re just kind of waiting some time after Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, and we’ll release that eventually.”

Finally, he touched upon his involvement with the “Star Trek” film franchise and says he’s been busy making “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and once he’s finished “we’ll pick up talking about it again”. He also adds that not only have they talked about a story and a script, but a script has been written.